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Labor Union Disappointed over College Leader's Retirement

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The head of the City Colleges of Chicago is retiring. And just four years after a bitter strike, the labor union is sorry to see him go.

Chancellor Wayne Watson fired the part-time faculty members who wouldn’t cross the picket line.

But Perry Buckley, who’s president of the Cook County College Teachers Union, says they were all-rehired. And he gives Watson credit for reaching out to the union and faculty.

BUCKLEY: We finally got to the point where we built a good working relationship, actually working in partnership with collegiality. The adversarial days are gone. So now we’re going to have a whole learning curve with someone else. Yeah, we’re disappointed. We would have liked to have worked with him for at least a few more years.

Buckley says the chancellor’s made City Colleges into a true community college system. That means each campus tries to serve the community where it’s located. Buckley says Watson will be hard to replace when he steps down next summer.

I’m Lynette Kalsnes, Chicago Public Radio.

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